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Tips and techniques for using Linked In in the job search. Presented to Maryland Career Development Association and State Dept. transition groups. Updated summer 2010.

Tips and techniques for using Linked In in the job search. Presented to Maryland Career Development Association and State Dept. transition groups. Updated summer 2010.

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  • How Social Networking and New Media are Impacting the Job Search Process Presented by Sue Gordon, MS, NCC Director of Career Development American University 08/11/10 © Susan B. Gordon, Consultant
    • New Media
      • New media is a term meant to encompass the emergence of digital, computerized, or networked information and communication technologies in the later part of the 20th century. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_media
    • Social Network
      • A social network is a social structure made of nodes (which are generally individuals or organizations) that are tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as values, visions, ideas, financial exchange, friendship, kinship, dislike, conflict or trade. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_network
    08/11/10 © Susan B. Gordon, Consultant
  • 08/11/10 © Susan B. Gordon, Consultant Social Networking Made Simple!
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    • Online social networking is the confluence of “new media” and traditional networking
    • Examples
      • Facebook
      • LinkedIn
      • Twitter
    • Who knows what’s next?
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    • http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/phil-rosenberg/recareered/duel-%E2%80%93-facebook-vs-linkedin
    • A key LinkedIn edge in job search:
      • “ FaceBook really only gives you 1 level of separation, you can get to a second level with heavy lifting through a FaceBook app”
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    • Organize network connections
    • Reach out to connections
    • Find new contacts
    • Effectively target organizations
    • Connect to fellow alumni, professional groups
    • Update connections quickly and easily
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    • Develop and expand network
    • Stay in touch with former colleagues
    • Actively search for candidates
    • View candidates through connections
    • Research candidate backgrounds
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    • LinkedIn makes “networking” for job search easy!
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    • Your profile is your virtual business card
    • Represent yourself appropriately
    • Build your personal brand
    • Incomplete profiles don’t help and can hurt
    • Take a few moments to fill in the gaps
    • Share what you have to offer others
    • Highlight accomplishments
    • Use your status
    • Use buzz words for your industry/field
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  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/susanbgordon 08/11/10 © Susan B. Gordon, Consultant
    • What is a network?
    • LinkedIn users that can contact you through connections up to three degrees away.
      • Direct connections make up the 1st degree of your network.
      • Connections to each of your direct connections make up your 2nd degree .
      • Connections to those in your 2nd degree make up your 3rd degree.
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    • Your first degree connections to introduce you to others
    • On the free services, you can ask for 5 introductions at a time
    • Connect by attaching a note with an invitation to connect
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    • Join Groups
    • And contribute to discussions
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    • LIVE DEMO
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    • Research Companies
      • Find out if you know someone who knows some one
        • Find out who’s hiring
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    • Recruiters use LinkedIn to:
      • Find potential employees in their existing network
      • Verify applicant’s background
        • Public profile
        • Through their existing connections
      • Announce opportunities
      • Post opportnities
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    • “ I have used LinkedIn on several job searches and have been pleased with the quality of the candidates. We have a search firm on retainer and we are pleased with the results. I view LinkedIn as part of the toolkit.”
        • CEO/Hiring Manager
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    • Yes twice! The first [contact] was an email through LinkedIn by a UK recruiter, followed by a conference call with him. Thereafter I met with the hiring company in South Africa and had the interview. I did not get the job though. The second one was an email through Linked from a local South African company, followed by an interview with recruiter, then the hiring company and got then got contract. In both cases I used LinkedIn to indicate that I am available to the market.
    • Technical Consultant
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    • We have found that this is a great way to network new clients and have students learn about our workshops. I have not done a search yet for an employee using LinkedIn but we plan to in the future. I really enjoy the professionalism of this site and the creative things others are doing in the field. Director of Workshops
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  • And a Gentle Reminder…. Keep your online image professional! 08/11/10 © Susan B. Gordon, Consultant
    • http://jobsearch.about.com/od/networking/a/linkedin.htm
    • http://jobsearch.about.com/od/networking/a/linkedjobsearch.htm
    • Market Watch Story on Combining Google and LinkedIn
    • http://jobsearch.about.com/od/networking/a/linkedinsuccess.htm
    08/11/10 © Susan B. Gordon, Consultant